Q. Could diet affect microalbumin level?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 16, 2017

Hi doctor,

I am a 31 year old male. My microalbumin is 10.3, urine creatinine 313, eGFR 113, microalbumin-creatinine ratio is 3.4 and HbA1c is 6.8. Should microalbumin be 0? Most sites say 20 and below is normal, but 10 is pretty high to me. I had levels done, which showed a microalbumin of less than 3. I worked for 6 hours before the test. I was moving patients around in an operating room, moving beds, etc. Then, I had a big lunch with bacon, sausage and eggs and had my testing done 30 minutes later. I am so worried for this.

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Critical Care Physician Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine Medical Gastroenterology Nephrology Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors) Rheumatology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

We are here to help you.To help you better, I need to understand your case a bit more in detail. First of all, you have not mentioned the unit of your urine creatinine.

  • I would need to know whether you are suffering from any kidney problems as such for the tests performed.
  • If no, then your microalbumin levels would be considered within normal range as the levels can vary with every sample and every day.
  • Yes, a high protein diet and heavy exercise that you had can affect the test. A normal movement like you had does not affect the test.

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Hi doctor,

I am worried as 10 is halfway to the cutoff level. Two years ago, my level was 2. My creatinine has jumped to 163. I have gained 20 lbs, a big part of that is muscle. I nave no history of kidney problems. Could my diet an hour before the test have affected the microalbumin level?

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Critical Care Physician Diabetology General Medicine Internal Medicine Medical Gastroenterology Nephrology Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors) Rheumatology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • If you have gained weight and have increased protein in the diet, then your reports ought to be like this only.
  • Your microalbumin is within the normal range, but it is being increased five times the baseline.
  • I would highly recommend you to control your weight and follow a moderate to low protein diet. Moreover, I would like to know your blood pressure levels previously and currently.
  • Also, are you keeping an eye on your thyroid and lipids?

For further information consult a nephrologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/nephrologist


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